Ryland Gardner has been guiding for Paragon Guides since . He moved to the west from Virginia after college and has lived in or close to the Rocky Mountains since. Ryland has a Master of Arts from Prescott College in Natural Science and Environmental Education and his passion for the natural history and ecology of the Rockies compliments his passion for backcountry skiing, climbing, and sharing the magic of wild places with his students and clients.Ryland “cut his teeth” backcountry skiing and climbing in the rugged Teton Range of Wyoming where he, in addition to climbing and skiing many of the amazing peaks of the range, made the first ski descent of the Zorro Snowfields on Cloudveil Dome on telemark skis.
In addition to guiding for Paragon, Ryland also works as a wilderness and rock climbing instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School guiding climbing and wilderness trips up to a month in length. Ryland is also a wilderness EMT and teaches wilderness medicine for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. In addition to guiding in the backcountry, Ryland works as an adjunct faculty member for the Prescott College Graduate program in the fields of adventure and environmental education as well as environmental studies. When he is not guiding, he can be found doing carpentry work in Boulder or off on an adventure with his wife Shari and their two boys Nate and Robbie.